Lisa Anderson Shaffer is a textile artist who creates crochet art pieces and also has a line of fiber art jewelry called Zelma Rose. I was thrilled to get the opportunity to interview her about her work, her history with crochet and how crafting has offered benefits in her life as well as the life of her grandmother.
Although some people still like to argue whether “craft” is “art” (and if not then what the difference is), you simply can’t deny that these creations are art. Yarnbombers and crochet artists have been inspired by famous works of art, recreating them using sculpture, tapestry and freeform crochet.
The UNTIED-UNITED collaborative yarnbombing art project in Ypsilanti is an inspiring piece designed to fight the divisiveness happening in our country today by bringing children together in a “web of interconnectedness”.
Matty Bovan is a graduate of the prestigious Central Saint Martins fashion design school with an MA in fashion knitwear. He has worked with Marc Jacobs, Louis Vuitton and Miu Miu. Matty works crochet into his designs in unique ways, sometimes as a sculptural statement piece and other times as a layered accessory.
Minjoo Chae is a fashion photographer and filmmaker in London who is “bringing eccentric imagination to life”. That seems to be true of this fashion art video called Crochet, Intertwined Loops.
Chili Philly gained attention online for his wearable crochet art hats (often resembling fun food). Now he’s gained the attention of the Australian Design Centre where he’s having his first major solo exhibition of his work this year.
Back in 2014 there was an amazing gallery exhibit of crochet from Tuvalu and people began to pay attention to the history and art of the craft in that region. Since that time, not much has been published online, but it’s worth a look back at that exhibit to get some inspiration!